Interlude: Making of the second COE/Harnoncourt box-set with bassoonist Matthew Wilkie

Episode 12,   Nov 08, 2021, 01:02 PM

In this episode, Simon Mundy interviews a COE player who performed in all of the pieces featured in our second COE/Harnoncourt box-set, released by ICA Classics on 22/10/2021. The box-set covers an extensive period of time, from 1989 to 2007.

Matthew Wilkie takes us through the evolution of the COE sound under Nikolaus Harnoncourt between 1989 and 2007. He talks about the immense challenges of playing the extreme dynamics always requested by Harnoncourt, and also the legendary metaphors he used to get his point across. Matthew also mentions which composers he particularly enjoyed working on with Nikolaus and why.